Sunday, August 06, 2006

School Carnival of Recipes Time

Guess what time of year it is again. Yep. You're right. Back to School Time.

So, Welcome to the Little Red School House. Today we are featuring the Carnival of Recipes. No school bought lunches here today. Why not, you ask?

There's a New Cook in the Cafeteria
(by Bruce Lansky)
Good morning, staff and students.
We have a brand new cook.
And that's why our lunch menu
will have a brand new look.

To make a good impression,
our cook's prepared a treat:
your choice of snapping turtle soup
or deep-fried monkey meat.

If you're a vegetarian,
we have good news today:
she's serving pickled cauliflower
and jellyfish soufflé.

And for dessert our cook has made
a recipe from France:
I'm sure you'll all want seconds-
of chocolate-covered ants.

I hope you like this gourmet feast.
I hope you won't complain.
But if you do we'll have to bring
our old cook back again.

Now let's open our lunch boxes and take a peek inside. What kind of goodies did your mom or dad pack and what can we trade?

Mmmmmmmmm. Look in Adam's ( Men In Aprons) Minnie Mouse Thermos. He has Rice Pudding with Golden Raisins. He says it's soul food. "I like my pudding hot, steaming hot, the way it should be. And in this case, rice pudding is a food that can reach down into the core of your soul and warm it up."

Oh, that sounds so delicious.

So much in fact that VWBug of One Happy Dog Speaks is opening up her VW Van Lunch Box and starting negotiations.

She is offering Spicy Chicken and Ramen Noodles.

This was actually a Spicy Shrimp and Noodles recipe from Campbell's Fabulous One-Dish recipes that she changed to Chicken.

But, wait a minute.

Oh, look! Who's Yogi Bear Lunch box is that? Why, that's Mama Squirrel's of Dewey's Treehouse. Yes, it's divine fate (or is it) that she brought Serendipity (and Chicken recipe) today. At least that's what she's calling it. The Deputy Headmistress might disagree. (Her version is later).

That sounds like it will go fabulous with Trinity Prep School's Texas Caviar. She even offers a cheater's version. She says it the "Lazy Version". But, we all know that really means.

Those two just might have to go visit the Principal after lunch.

Now, who has those fritos?

Does Everything and Nothing have them? No, but she has some scrumptious looking Grilled Corn Salad. She even has make ahead directions. Finally, a student who likes to be prepared.

Now, Amy of Mom Advice knows what every kids likes. Pizza. She advises this pizza dough recipe is for the bread machine. She states. "I enjoy homemade bread and pizza, but I will not invest the time (at this point in my life) to knead & roll dough for hours. I think that is why I appreciated this recipe so much- it was easy for even the novice dough roller or whatever you would like to call me!" We call her a star student. What kid doesn't like pizza?!

Now, Kicking over my Traces is tempting everyone with Spice Cake. This version has photos.

Seriously Good Kevin is sitting next to her wanting a piece of her cake to go with his Buttermilk/Pineapple Sherbet. He reminds us of why the hand crank ice cream maker is a thing of the past. And, instead offers us a non-crank method for homemade icecream. Just some periodic stirring involved. That sounds like a project for the entire class.

Now, that our appetite has been spoiled with sweets lets rope in some good for you stuff. In the Headlights has Polynesian Chicken in her Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Lunch box. Yum. This sounds like it would go wonderfully paired with the Sherbet for dessert. She does note a couple of things though. "The first thing I noticed when typing this is the lack of fresh ingredients. I am sure you could substitute fresh ginger and onion, and no harm would come to the recipe."

Also, "The other thing was that I have never in my life put so many semi-colons into a single paragraph." We'll send her to English class immediately after lunch.

Oh, I didn't realize the Deputy HeadMistress was here today. She brought Cold peanut Chicken and Soba Noodle Salad. One of our other students today cheated off another one of her recipes earlier. Let's help Mama Squirrel out and eat up all those Soba Noodles. We would hate to see her get fifty lashes with a wet soba noodle.

Now, that Triticale has looked in almost everyone's lunch boxes. He is really trying to work a deal. He evidently has a practical and mean mother. He has Rye Bundles. Who wants to trade for a Liverwurst and onion sandwich?

Keewee's over in the Corner hiding. She doesn't want to share her Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies with anyone. I certainly don't blame her. I would keep them all to myself too.

Wait a minute. Nobody's dismissed yet. I almost forgot to post my recipe.


1 Elephant, Medium size
2 rabbits (optional)

Cut elephant into bite size pieces and cover with gravy

Cook over kerosene fire for about 4 weeks at 465 degrees F.

This elephant stew serves 3,800 adults and 35 children.

If more are expected, two rabbits may be added.

Do this only if absolute necessary, as most people do not like to find a hare in their stew.

Okay. Lunch is over. I appreciate everyone who shared in our lunch trade today. If you ended up with the same lunch you brought, then try making these at home. Good luck. Now get back to class and remember to...

Bring Your Own Lunch

by Bruce Lansky

Don't eat school lunches-

not even a lick.

They might make you nauseous.

They might make you sick.

Just take a small bite and

you'll start to feel ill.

If the veggies don't get you,

the meatloaf sure will.